AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) – The Ag Council, Office of Sustainability and Office of Campus Dining hosted their annual Beyond the Farm event today on the Student Center Greenspace from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The event focused on highlighting agriculture and Auburn food with participation from over 25 organizations. The different groups involved educated people about where their food comes from and the role of agriculture in keeping food safe.

Featured exhibits included live music, a plant give-a-way, DIY t-shirt booth, and composting information booth. Campus Dining and local farmers provided free food.

Organizations such as Biosystems Engineering, Horticulture Club, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Campus Kitchens Project set up booths for attendees to learn more about their activities and how to get involved. 

“Our goal is to reduce food insecurity by eliminating food waste,” said Amena Qazi of the Campus Kitchens Project. “One in five students in Lee County are food insecure, so what we do is pick up food from on and off campus dining sites that normally gets thrown away by the end of the day.”

Qazi said the club packages food into balanced meals and gives it to one of their 18 community partners. Leadership team meetings are held Mondays at 7 p.m., and anyone is welcome to attend.

Beyond the Farm is part of the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Ag Week. Ag Week is held annually by the Ag Council to teach the Auburn students about the importance of agriculture.

The Ag Council functions as a voice for the College of Agriculture students to faculty, administration and SGA. Membership is open to all.